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A Political Reunion in Iraqi Kurdistan

May 17, 2016 | 03:17 GMT
A Political Reunion in Iraqi Kurdistan
On Monday, Iraqi Kurdistan's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Gorran party announced a merger, set to be signed on Tuesday.
(SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

The balance of power in Iraqi Kurdistan may be on the brink of change. On Monday, a leading member of the Kurdish Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced that his party had reached a preliminary agreement, to be signed on Tuesday, with the Gorran party. According to the deal, the two will merge in parliament and run on a joint ticket during the next elections. Given the stops and starts that define Iraqi Kurdish politics, another agreement between parties may seem like more of the same political jockeying. But the merger stands to make a meaningful impact not only on Iraqi Kurdistan but also on its relations with Turkey and Iran....

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